Haughton Village News

Haughton Village News

Ringing of newly installed Dumbbell at Stoke Minster before Quarter Peal for Restored Spitfire

On Saturday 18th of September, a team of bell ringers met at Stoke Minster to ring a quarter to celebrate the unveiling on Wed 14 Sept of the fully restored MkXVI Spitfire No RW388 in a new gallery at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley.

Just before the Quarter, we couldn't resist trying out the newly installed dumbbell.  It is ideal for demonstrating the art of bell ringing and demonstrating how bells swing on and ring on their wheels. 

For further information on the restoration project and the museum can be found from the links below:

Details of the quarter peal are available from the link below:

St. Giles Church Haughton Bell Ringing Times October 2021

Tuesday 5th October - Practice 7.30pm until 9pm

Thursday 7th - Silent Practice (Stage 2) - 9am until 10am

Sunday 10th - Service Ringing - 10am until 10.30am

Tuesday 12th October - No Practice

Sunday 17th October - 3.00pm until 4pm - Harvest Festival (Quarter Peal Attempt)

Tuesday 19th - Practice 7.30pm until 8.30pm

Sunday 24th October - No Service Ringing

Tuesday 26th October - No Practice (Half-Term)

Church Services Times for Bradley, Church Eaton, Derrington and Haughton


FREE defibrillator training

FREE defibrillator training for Haughton Parish residents at the Bell on Saturday 25th September and Saturday 16th October, 10am. Please come along, a couple of hours training could help save a life! Haughton has four defibrillator units located at the Bell and the Shropshire pubs, the Village Hall and outside the village shops. The free training has been organised by Haughton Parish Council, and will be delivered by Gnosall First Responders. Thank you to the Bell for providing a venue 

Anti-Sociable Behaviour

There has been a few reports of anti-sociable behaviour of late and local residents are urging you to contact the Police and/ or Stafford and Rural Homes on 0800 111 4554 to report any disturbances.

Please have details and times/dates to hand and as much information as possible.

Some examples are:
  • noisy neighbours.
  • graffiti.
  • drinking or drug use which leads to people being rowdy and causing trouble.
  • large groups hanging about in the street (if they are causing, or likely to cause, alarm and distress)
  • litter problems.
  • abandoned vehicles
  • drug dealing
Let's keep Haughton safe and quiet...

Mrs Bolas - Funeral

Mrs Bolas' funeral will be held on Monday 20th September , 2.30pm at Telford Crematorium, afterwards family and friends are invited to Hadley Hall Hotel --

Trevor Lock

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Practice Night Cancelled

Our planned practice night this evening is cancelled, due to other commitments.   Our next ringing session is on Sunday at 10am for Sunday Service.

Mrs Doreen Bolas 1926 to 2021

It is with great sadness to report the passing of Mrs Bolas. She lived in Ash Drive in the late 80's to the early 90's and prior to that she had lived down Shawman's Lane for many years. She was an active member of the White Heather Club and the WI. 

I always remember walking home from school chatting to her while she was tending to her Garden with Les Jenks who live in the flat next door to her.

She then left the village and moved to Telford to be closer to her Granddaughter and family.

R.I.P Mrs Bolas

P.S.  I'm hoping I have got her birth year correct, if I haven't please let me know.  If you would like to add anything to the posting, or add your memories of her, please just email me.

Trevor Lock 

Easyfundraisier for the North Staffs Bell Restoration Fund

Since, Lisa Horritt joined (NSACR) to the Easyfundraiser, we have 8 supporters and together they have raised £148.92 for bell restoration projects within our association.

It's easy to sign up and start raising money for our association's bells.  Just visit
www.easyfundraising.org.uk or download the app on a smartphone or tablet.  You can set the app to give a donation to our cause every time you buy a product from any major online retailer such as; eBay, Amazon, Argos, M+S and many more.


North Staffs September 2021 meeting at Broughton

We had been discussing visiting other towers during our practice nights at Haughton for quite a while.  Dick and Karen had just begun ringing in rounds just before Lockdown and so both had never visited another tower.  The September's North Staffs meeting was due to be held at Broughton, this seemed a fine opportunity to start. I arranged to meet Dick at the back of the church and we proceeded to Broughton picking Karen up on the way. 

In the car, we discussed how the Hall at Broughton had once been owned by nuns, but was now owned by John Caudwell (The Phones 4U chap). Full details of the hall can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broughton_Hall,_Staffordshire

After arriving at the Church we met and I introduced the North Staffs Ringers to Dick and Karen; Tim and Jan Hine, Selwyn Jones, from Stafford, Rob Barcroft from Horton,  and John Hall from Alton. Although a little 'thin on the ground', probably due to the fact it was the first meeting in person since Lockdown, we managed to ring some well struck, rounds and called changes, Grandsire doubles, Plain Bob Minor and Stedman Doubles.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and it was great to be back in the company of ringing friends.


Haughton Ringing Times for September 2021

The list of proposed ringing times during September are shown below.  If any times or sessions change we will publish them on this site.  The month we are going to try and have two silent practices on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Thursday 9th September - Practice 8pm until 9pm (Cancelled)

Sunday 12th September - Service Ringing 10am for 10.30am service

Thursday 16th September - Practice 8pm until 9pm

Sunday 19th September - Service Ringing 3.30pm for 4pm service

Wednesday 22nd September - Practice 8pm until 9pm

Tuesday 28th September - Practice 8pm until 9pm